Child's Toolbox

Build this toolbox with your child or make it as a gift, filled with small size tools it makes a fantastic birthday or Christmas present. You will probably be asked to make one for adults as well, it is handy in the garden or workshop as a tote for small tools and supplies.

Cut List

1 - 13 1/2" X 5" length of 1/2" plywood for bottom.

2 - 14 1/2" X 2 1/2" lengths of 3/8" or 1/2" plywood for sides.

2 - 6" X 5" lengths of 1/2" plywood for ends.

1 - 14 1/2" length of 3/4" dowel.

14 - #6 X 1 1/4" flat head wood screws.


Cut the above pieces, then complete the ends following the drawing below, drill the holes for the handle first, then trim the tops.

Insert the dowel into the holes in the end pieces, then with # 6 X 1 1/4" screws and glue fasten the two ends to the bottom as shown:

Fasten the two side pieces to the ends with # 6 X 1 1/4" screws and glue. Slide the dowel out until it almost comes through one end, apply a small amount glue to the exposed end of the dowel, and to the cavity in the opposite end, slide the dowel back in to position. Drill a pilot hole from the top down into the dowel and insert a #6 X 1 1/4" screw at each end.

Add this name plaque project to the tool box, print out child's name in a large plain font, tape paper to a pine board. Punch through the letters with an awl to mark screw positions. Include the board and enough screws to spell the childs name, smaller hands may need pilot holes drilled for the screws.

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